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Dystopia, 'she-cession,' TikTok dances: We're over you, 2021

Dec. 01, 2021 10:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic, politics, pervasive anxiety over the climate and the economy. Did 2021 leave us any time to ponder anything else? As we limp our way into a new year, there are a few more things we'd like to leave behind, from pop culture's obsession with all things apocalyptic...

Vaccine champions Spain, Portugal focus on the reluctant few

Dec. 01, 2021 10:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Juan Esteban Mariño, a healthy 29-year-old, has been part of the rare cohort in Spain who have resisted health authorities' strong recommendations to get their vaccine shots. His position only changed when he planned an end-of-the-year holiday in Portugal, where authorities...

Nigeria says it found first case of omicron in November

Dec. 01, 2021 10:09 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in travelers that arrived from South Africa in the past week, the country’s national public health institute said Wednesday, correcting its earlier statement that it found the variant in samples...

Ducey to kick off holidays with lighting of Capitol tree

Dec. 01, 2021 10:08 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 25-foot-tall (7.6-meter) white pine will be lit by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for the first time Wednesday in the lobby of the state Capitol's executive tower in a celebration marking the start of the holiday season. The lighting of the Capitol tree is...

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Dec. 01, 2021 09:58 AM EST

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant. From shopping districts in...

Iceland police say homemade bomb found in Reykjavik dumpster

Dec. 01, 2021 09:25 AM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Three men were arrested after a homemade bomb was found in a residential neighborhood of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, police said Wednesday. The explosives were discovered Tuesday in a dumpster near an apartment building that houses the U.S....

South Korea confirms first five cases of omicron variant

Dec. 01, 2021 09:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant in people linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the government to tighten the country's borders. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention...

Weather vanes: Exhibit looks at artworks with a purpose

Dec. 01, 2021 08:52 AM EST

Perched atop churches, barns, businesses, homes and seats of government, weather vanes have over hundreds of years taken the form of everything from farm animals to pets, storybook figures to race cars. They were invented for one important job: telling which way the wind...

Omicron keeps world jittery as more information drips out

Dec. 01, 2021 08:50 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections linked to the new version of the coronavirus popped up in more places and new evidence made clear the mutant strain was circulating weeks earlier than...

Russia warns some US diplomats will have to leave by Jan 31

Dec. 01, 2021 08:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia warned Wednesday that a number of U.S. diplomats will have to leave Russia before the end of next month, the latest salvo in a diplomatic tug-of-war between Moscow and Washington. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said those U.S....